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July 20, 2016
Watch a Centrifuge Separate Nuclear Waste

Centrifuges might not sound cool, but they’re critical to all kinds of science. Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is working on the next generation of these important tools.

July 13, 2016
The robot removes the sample from the clear transfer box, out of the two white sample containers, and transports it to the mock-up examination instrument. | Photo courtesy of Idaho National Lab.
Students Designed A Robot to Handle Nuclear Fuel

Interns from Idaho State University completed a nine-month-long demonstration project for Idaho National Lab engineers.

July 12, 2016
A close-up image of perovskite crystals, which just got one step closer to replacing silicon in solar panels. | Photo courtesy of Los Alamos National Laboratory.
The Next Generation of Solar Panels

Researchers at Los Alamos National Lab just solved one of the biggest obstacles facing perovskite solar cells.

July 8, 2016
A sample of a polymer-based membrane material created at Berkeley Lab. It’s designed to soak up cancer drugs and limit their side effects. | Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt, Berkeley Lab.
Chemical ‘Sponges’ Could Make Chemo Safer

New materials being developed by the National Labs could result in chemotherapy without damaging side-effects.

July 1, 2016
Creating a tiny human body on a chip
“Human-on-a-Chip” Technology Could Replace Animal Testing

National Lab scientists are developing a miniature external replication of the human body.

June 27, 2016
Einstein was right! Gravitational Waves exist. Find out how they work. | Graphic courtesy of California Institute of Technology.
What are Gravitational Waves?

Gravitational waves were observed for the first time in 2016, confirming Einstein’s theory.

June 23, 2016
Heila Technologies, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, won the 2016 Cleantech UP National Competition. | Energy Department photo.
Cleantech University Prize Highlights Next Generation of Clean Energy Innovators

Energy Department competition supports student entrepreneurs and helps spur development of new clean energy technologies.

June 23, 2016
Direct Current's Energy Unit Calculator

We recently released the second episode of Direct Current, our new Energy.gov podcast. Check out our newly proposed energy units -- burritos, Mt. Rushmore, a New York Minute and the Moon Landing!

June 23, 2016
Cyclotron Road at Berkeley Lab
Raising Our Game in Clean Energy Innovation

How the Department of Energy is investing in the future of clean energy innovation at our National Labs and around the world.

June 22, 2016
Atomic Sandblasters Could Replace Silicon

Scientists at the National Labs may have found a cheaper, lighter more efficient replacement for silicon in computer chips.